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  • 3 References 2 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Spanish; learning French
  • 34, Other
  • Member since 2012
  • Analysts
  • Hope: MA in Economics; Juan: MBA
  • From Shenyang & Waltham, Santa Cruz & Providence
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About Me


To be a citizen of the world; to advocate for animals everywhere


Hope: I am many things. I was born in Shenyang China but grow up in Waltham Massachusetts; I am an animal lover and advocator, especially of cats (of all types and sizes!); I am a tree hugger and a gardener; I am mostly logical but can have an irrational side; I am a bit of a perfectionist; I am a Harry Potter nerd as it has taught me to imagine more creatively; I am photographer-in-training; I am an origami artist and a green tea enthusiast; I am a DIY gal who is also a bargain hunter; I am obsessed with natural organic skin care; I am a lifelong learner. My life inspirations are driven by my endless curiosity and inquisitiveness resulting in my love to travel the world, to learn new cultures, to experience diversity of life, to appreciate the infinite wonders this world is comprised of, and hopefully be able to capture some of this through my camera lens.

Juan: I'm a laid-back, happy-go-lucky type of guy. My raison d'être is to learn as much of the world and universe that surrounds me during my life as I possibly can. Because of that I read a lot of science related articles and, consequently, my favorite subject has become astronomy. I also love biology and I love to learn about animals, and this has led me to realize that animals are as much sentient beings as I am. As a result, Hope and I do what we can to reduce animal suffering around the world, including substantially cutting down our meat consumption. Also, I am obsessed with Formula 1, probably because it combines my fixation with cars and high-technology. Hope and I are very different characters - I think of myself as the Ron to Hope's Hermione; the Fry to Hope's Lela.


Hope: if you want something, go for it and make it happen, be resourceful and be creative; take the road less traveled

Juan: learn about the world around you; find a way to be happy, there's no time to waste on being sad or angry

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


To explore this wonderful planet called home to all of us
To learn new languages, new cultures
To share travel experiences and destinations
To meet new people
To appreciate the people who open their homes to us, to appreciate the wonderful world we live


We are still, relatively speaking, CS newbies. We look forward to meeting new faces through CS, both at home and when we travel.


Hope: traveling :-), photography, animals (especially cats), shopping, DIY, solving sudoku puzzles, gardening, Harry Potter, healthy-eating, tea, natural skincare, reading, watching movies, make positive impacts to the lives of cats everywhere

Juan: Formula 1, astronomy, technology, learning about all animals and plants, spoiling our cat, cruises, warm weather

  • animals
  • cats
  • photography
  • skin care
  • diy
  • dining
  • modeling
  • meditation
  • gardening
  • shopping
  • technology
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • cars
  • puzzles
  • origami
  • sudoku
  • hunting
  • astronomy
  • biology
  • languages
  • science
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

Hope's Movies:
Farewell My Concubine, Mary & Max, Lost in Translation, Baraka, Grave of the Fireflies, The Scent of Green Papaya, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Office Space, the Departed, the Shawshank Redemption, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ted
Hope's Shows:
Monk, The IT crowd, Sherlock, Arrested Development, Sex and the City, South Park, Louie, the Colbert Report, Conan
Hope's Music:
all kinds of music depending on my mood, Chinese, techno, bachata/Spanish, Cindy Lauper, Journey, Jane Zhang, Macklemore, Mariah Carey, Glee
Hope's Books:
Atonement, Harry Potter's, Watership Down, etc

Juan's Movies:
City of God, Senna, Finding Nemo, Lost in Translation, Toy Story, Spider-man 2, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Starship Troops, the Godfather, the Dark Knight, Painted Skin (Hua Pi)
Juan's Shows:
Arrested Development, Futurama, the Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Colbert Report, Conan
Juan's Music:
hip hop, R&B, rap, bachata, no country
Juan's Books:
technology and science magazines

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hope: I have been financially independent since I started college; I got a full scholarship to school and worked through my living expenses. Being financial independent grants me a sense of pride and allows me to truly appreciate what I have in life.

Juan: We tamed a feral cat in order to give him a better life, it was one the most amazing and rewarding experiences ever (we miss you, Sanmaomao)

Teach, Learn, Share

We can teach: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, personal insurance products, origami, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint, statistical predictive modeling tools, choose a car to buy, car mileages, iPhone apps, healthy-eating, natural skin-care

We would like to learn: local customs, food & language, meditation

We can share or discuss: travel experiences & destinations, photography, camera lens, economic development patterns and trends

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bolivia, China, United States

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